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MXD of Light Gray Canvas Map?

October 18 2011 | 5 comments
Categories: Cartographic Design, Symbology


We are working on a new dashboard for a web mapping application and would like to try out the feel of the Light Gray Canvas symbology. Is there a way we could obtain an mxd of this basemap?

Thank you.

Mapping Center Answer:

We will be creating a template of the light gray canvas map symbology in the future but currently we cannot give you a firm release.  In the meantime, if you load the light gray basemap into ArcMap you can the use the eye dropper tool to determine color values used for specific features.

You can use the Eye Dropper tool to identify the RGB values of any color on your map and save the color to your personal style. From the Customize menu in ArcMap, choose Customize Mode to open the Customize dialog box. Click the Commands tab and navigate to the Page Layout category. Drag the Eye Dropper tool onto any ArcMap toolbar and you can click on any color to get the RGB vlues.

Update posted by Adrian Kropp on Nov 13 2012 10:14AM
Just curious, was the template for this ever released? Thanks.
Curious posted by Steven Menefee on Dec 14 2012 8:54AM
I am also curious to know if an mxd for this came out?
release? posted by Sarah Cordivano on Dec 18 2012 6:36AM
To my knowledge, this still hasn't been releaesd. I approximated the look and feel of the map using the eye dropper tool and the fonts they used.
Keep an eye on the blog posted by Aileen Buckley on Dec 19 2012 4:44PM
This is in progress now but I do not have a release date. Keep your eyes on the ArcGIS blog for news about when it will be available for download:
Just released posted by Aileen Buckley on Jan 15 2013 3:29PM
This was just released -- here is a link to a blog entry that describes this template:

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